Statement of purpose Research has demonstrated sexually victimised children were more likely to experience poly-victimisation compared to victims of any other type of victimisation. The purpose of this study was to use the Kansas Youth Risk Behaviour Survey to estimate the prevalence and relationships of dating partner sexual violence and bullying among Kansas students.
Methods/Approach Dating partner sexual violence was defined as “Yes” with a response of “1 or more times” to the question: “During the past 12 months, how many times did someone you were dating or going out with force you to do sexual things that you did not want to do?” Survey procedures were implemented to estimate overall and subpopulation prevalence of dating partner sexual violence among Kansas students. Multiple logistic regression models were used to compute crude and adjusted prevalence rate ratios assessing associations between dating partner sexual violence and different types of bullying before and after adjusting for demographic characteristics.
Results The prevalence of dating partner sexual violence among Kansas’s high school students in grades 9–12 was 7.8% (95% CI 6.5% to 9.3%). The prevalence of experiencing bullying, electronic bullying, bullying because of weight, and feeling unsafe at school were higher among dating partner sexual violence victims compared to youth who did not experience sexual violence. After controlling for social demographic factors such as age, gender, race/ethnicity; the prevalence of experiencing bullying electronic bullying, bullying because of weight and feeling unsafe at school were remained higher among dating partner sexual violence victims compared to youth who did not experience sexual violence.
Conclusions Findings indicate significant associations between dating partner sexual violence with experiencing different type of bullying among Kansas youth, although the sequence of events was not determined.
Significance and contribution to the field This study contributes important data that may be useful in working with youth on issues related to dating, sexual violence and bullying.
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